Farmers in Bangladesh favor TV programs as source of agricultural information

A survey conducted with 100 farmers in South Surma Upazila, Bangladesh revealed that the majority (76%) had a medium favorable attitude toward agriculture-related television programs as source of agricultural information. A more favorable attitude was determined among farmers with larger farm size, higher educational qualification, higher annual family income, more farming experience, and more agricultural knowledge. However, as the farmers’ age and family size increase, their attitude toward television programs

Mobile phone application for pest identification in Northwest Cambodia

Cambodian farmers had experienced decrease in production yield due to crop infestation, worsened by improper pest management. In 2016, an image-rich mobile phone application was developed as an alternative method in extending pest management education among mungbean farmers and farmer communities. The Pest ID app provided its users a “photo dictionary” containing pest management information applicable to the local context. This app is offered in Khmer and English. A 2018

PHOTO: Boeboe community members add markers for local and traditonal ecological knowledge to the relief model of their village. Photo from J. X. Leon et al.(http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08920753.2015.1046808)

A 2015 case study by Leon, Hardcastle, James, Albert, Kreseka and Woodroffe reported on the use of participatory three-dimensional modelling (P3DM) in Boeboe village, Solomon Islands. The study documented the incorporation of local and traditional knowledge with scientific data of coastal hazards to inform decision-making and management. BoeBoe village, like other coastal communities in the Coral Triangle, is threatened by climate change, particularly by sea-level rise which could affect livelihoods,

Adaptive strategies of smallholder farming households for agriculture commercialization and food and nutrition security in Myanmar

A 2017 study by Gabrielli, Herens, and Peters identified the emergent opportunities that link agricultural commercialization processes to food and nutrition security among smallholder farming households. This link places farmers at the center, particularly because they are both producers and consumers in the food systems. Focusing on the tales of smallholder farmers and on their agricultural life stories, the study contextualized their understanding of farm household’s sense-making processes in relation

Mobile phone's usefulness among farmers in Southern Bangladesh

Mobile phone has been an effective tool for rural and agricultural development. In a recent study conducted in Bangladesh, it revealed that most farmers used their mobile phones in obtaining and securing various crop farming information. The farmer-respondents sought information related to crop diseases and pest control followed by fertilizer management suggestions, and selection of appropriate crops and adequate vegetable species. However, the study revealed that farmers in Southern Bangladesh

CSA shows potential to help women farmers in Nepal

A research study led by agricultural economist Arun Khatri-Chhetri found that climate-smart agriculture (CSA) technologies and practices could potentially reduce the burden of labor among women farmers in climate-risk and poverty hotspots in Nepal. These CSA technologies included zero tillage machines, weeders, and solar pump irrigation. Sound post-harvest management and practices such as direct seeding of rice, laser land leveling, and green manuring were also critical to labor burden reduction.

FO-MAPP: An Interactive Online Database in Mapping Farmers' Organizations

Community-based farmers’ organizations represent and reflect the status of the rural farming communities. They’ve become the face of the small-scale farmers. These organizations played a key role in advancing farmer’s rights by lobbying policies for rural and sustainable development. They are involved in  improving food security, reducing poverty, and lowering unemployment. However, the lack of or minimal visibility of these organizations limit their mobility and ability to forge sustainable partnerships.

Bangladesh: Desk Study of Extension and Advisory Services

In an effort to raise incomes and increase resilience of smallholder farmers and their families in Feed the Future countries, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded the Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) project. This project is led by Digital Green in partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), CARE International (CARE) and multiple resource partners. DLEC will work with country stakeholders and USAID missions to